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Released: 19.08.22

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cass McCombs’ tenth studio album has a heavy, stormy quality about it. While McCombs’ early songs were slow and infinitely spacious, these eight new tracks – recorded between Brooklyn and Burbank – feel almost suffocating. His voice has retained its soft, magical dreaminess; yet he sings faster and almost mechanically, barely stopping to catch his breath. The music, a gentle 1970s country rock medley, unfolds as indifferently as a familiar road.

Lyrically, McCombs still brilliantly portrays suffering souls, thwarted lovers and minor crooks. But now there is a sense of distance, a disjuncture between his voice and the stories it carries. The cover of the album shows an empty rowing boat floating on glittering water. Despite the appearance of serenity, there is something indefinably sinister about the scene.

 

 

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